Pot TV News for July 22, 2003 with David Malmo-Levine

“Prosecutors Apply Terror Laws to Drugs”
– July 21 Wilmington Morning Star

“Dope Users Manual Says Don’t Smoke It”
– July 21 Toronto Star

“Cops dismiss pot provocateur”
– July 21 Edmonton Sun


WINSTON-SALEM ( AP ) – Following the lead of Watauga County, other district attorneys in North Carolina are considering using antiterrorism laws to prosecute accused methamphetamine producers.

Watauga County District Attorney Jerry Wilson last week charged a man accused of running a methamphetamine lab with violating state laws involving the manufacture of nuclear or chemical weapons. The statute, passed in November 2001 carries a stiffer sentence than most drug laws.

Forsyth County District Attorney Tom Keith said his office’s policy now is that “we will put B1 felonies on anyone having anything to do with methamphetamines.”

To link the drug’s production to chemical weapons, prosecutors referred to the toxic and combustible nature of the chemicals involved in methamphetamine production. They said those responding to calls involving the drug are at risk of serious injury.

Several defense lawyers reacted to Mr. Wilson’s decision with a mix of skepticism and concern for the rights of the accused. Forsyth County public defender Pete Clary said Mr. Wilson might be overstepping his bounds.

“I think it’s up to the legislature to decide whether the law is woefully insufficient,” Mr. Clary said. “The DA is charged with enforcing the laws on the books, not as he wishes they were.”

MAP posted-by: Jay Bergstrom
Pubdate: Mon, 21 Jul 2003
Source: Wilmington Morning Star (NC)
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Canada: Dope User’s Manual Says Don’t Smoke It
URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v03/n1097/a04.html
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Pubdate: Mon, 21 Jul 2003
Source: Toronto Star (CN ON)
Copyright: 2003 The Toronto Star
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Author: Dean Beeby, Canadian Press


Court Told Ottawa To Create Guide

Weed worse than tobacco, draft says

Health Canada is set to release a user’s manual this week for a drug it has long opposed: marijuana.

The unprecedented move has been triggered by the courts, which compelled Health Canada this month to begin distributing government-certified marijuana to a group of patients who take the substance to alleviate certain symptoms.

The department must also release a manual on how to use its dope — but a draft version shows patients will get little practical advice about ingesting marijuana and lots of warnings against using it at all.

“Administration by smoking is not recommended,” says the 59-page document, which is modelled on standard drug product monographs.

“Marijuana can produce physical and psychological dependence and has the potential for abuse,” it adds.

The March 30 draft document warns that smoking marijuana can be more dangerous to the lungs than tobacco, but provides patients no practical alternatives.

“We’re not recommending, in fact, that marijuana be used,” said Suzanne Desjardins, a Health Canada scientist who helped produce the manual. “If people want to use it, then we’re saying, well, don’t use it by smoking it. . . . There’s no study that demonstrates ( in ) what form it should be used.”

The manual specifically advises against administering marijuana to children up to 16 years of age or to those 65 years or older because “the potential for harm is likely to outweigh benefits.” Nursing and pregnant women are similarly urged to steer clear.

The document, headlined Information for Health Care Professionals, warns of potential panic attacks, psychosis and convulsions in some cases. Users are also advised that traces of marijuana remain in the urine for weeks and may turn up in drug tests carried out by employers or police.

Apart from brief sections citing scientific studies on taking marijuana orally in the form of a chocolate cookie for instance or rectally as a suppository, the manual offers no techniques to avoid smoking.

Experienced, health-conscious users have long turned to tinctures and vaporizers as alternatives to smoking dope, which delivers the main active ingredient, THC, quickly but can harm the lungs.

The dried marijuana that Health Canada will distribute through doctors to some of the 582 approved medical users will have a standard dose of 10 per cent THC.

The cost will be $5 a gram, much less than on the street.

The material, grown under contract by Prairie Plant Systems in Flin Flon, Man., and available in 30-gram bags, was originally intended only for clinical trials.

The manual, which will be sent to doctors and posted on the Internet this week, will be accompanied by a two-page information sheet for patients written in layman’s language, Desjardins said.

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